I was fortunately to be invited to my dear friends’ house for Passover dinner while I was in Atlanta. Rebecca is a fantastic cook, and they always serve the most wonderful food. The best part about it was that it was all gluten-free (and soy-free), because neither of which you can have on Passover!! And on top of that, two of their kids have Celiac Disease, which just means I can eat with them and always feel good!
This recipe has been adapted from both my mom’s version (which usually uses Ramen Noodles) and Rebecca’s version with candied nuts. I had leftover chicken to through in, which just made it even better! This is a great, fast dish to take to potlucks and parties.
On a side note, my husband who had refused to eat it upon hearing its name, decided it was delicious and really enjoyed the candied nut addition.
Oriental Cabbage Salad with Candied Nuts Recipe
Serving Size: If used as a side dish about 12 people
Storage Note: I store the chicken, nuts, and dressing separate from the other salad ingredients to keep them from getting soggy and gross.
Ingredients for Cabbage Salad:
(feel free to leave off or add any ingredients as you see fit)
- 1 cabbage, shredded or cut super thin
- 4-5 carrots, grated
- a bunch of scallions, chopped (but since I didn’t have any, I used about 1/2 an onion)
- *Optional: pre-cooked chicken, chopped into small pieces (I used grilled chicken from the previous night)
- candied nuts (click here for recipe) – (*If vegan, just toast nuts instead*)
Ingredients for Oriental Dressing:
3/4 cup of safflower oil (or some other non-tasting oil)
- 1/4 cup of sesame oil
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup of honey (you can substitute this for sugar as well)
- 1/4 cup of sugar
Directions for Cabbage Salad:
- Mix together cabbage, onions, carrots in a large bowl.
- When ready to serve, add chicken and candied nuts.
- Pour dressing on last, so the salad doesn’t get soggy.
Directions for Salad Dressing:
- In a large measuring cup, pour in the vinegar and sugar/honey and whisk it till well combined.
- Add in the cider vinegar a little at a time while continuing to whisk.